Johan Famaey ''Moon Touch'' - a cinematic piano piece

Johan Famaey is a Belgian pianist/composer who has come to our attention with a captivating piano piece accompanied by the most beautiful music video entitled ''Moon Touch''.

 

The composition begins subtle, elegantly moving along its arpeggio-based melody. The composer, confident in his creation, takes the time to present the main theme several times over before introducing any major dynamic change. However, when that change happens, the song elevates into a dramatic sky of turbulence and untamed winds, showcasing the theme in a whole new light - one that's cinematic and very persistent. This moving piano piece is accompanied by the most beautiful music video of a woman and a magnificent white dog making their way through the woods, adding greatly to the cinematic qualities of this composition.

SOURCE: Music Dances When You Sleep Blog

“We don't know if Johan Famaey finally does a “Moon Touch” but certainly this goes far and deep, touching the heart! Starting emotive and soft, pushing you into an emotional diving and when you have set your self free, floating in his key harmonies, then it comes the passion on 01:40 and you explode like the birth of a new star. ”

SOURCE: Nagamag.com

A fantasy-fuelled new track Time Passenger.

It’s sometimes tricky to create a sense of narrative through music alone but that’s precisely what Belgian neoclassical artist Johan Famaey has created with his fantasy-fuelled new track Time Passenger.

By Graeme Smith

Time Passenger is the story of a modern day woman going back in time and being tried as a witch. The composition, driven by a compelling piano melody, gives this sense of a fantastical voyage with dark undertones. It’s the kind of melody in which you can easily find yourself lost and I really got that sense of being out of place and being persecuted.

For good measure, the accompanying video by María Cecilia Alguacil reinforces these themes of otherworldliness and violence. 

SOURCE: yorkcalling.co.uk

ChineseMemories

November 18th, 2012 was a special and an unforgettable day for the Lokeren residents. In the quiet town, people came together in the St. Anne's church to attend the concert 'Chinese Memories' by Belgian composer Johan Famaey. 

Johan Famaey composed music on classical Chinese poems.

The ensemble was a mix of Chinese and Western instruments: 2 sopranos were accompanied by a string quintet, organ, yangqin, percussion, glockenspiel and timpani.The sopranos sang songs in Chinese, "Chun Xiao" by Meng Hao Ran, "Wu Ye Ti ',' May Yu Ren ',' Lang Tao Sha", "Huan Xiang Jian" by Li Yu, "Chun Xiao" "Ding Feng Bo," "Yin Yu Chu Shang Qing Hou Yu” by Su Shi and 'Ru Meng Ling', 'Sheng Sheng Man" by Li Qing Zhao.

The stylish music on the masterful old Chinese poems, moved the listener into a poetic and picturesque world, in a magical dream full of pathos.

The last song "Sheng Sheng Man" was also performed by the National Youth Choir of Belgium. It reflected the deep melancholy of the poet very vivid and intense and led up to a climax.

After the concert, the concertgoers gave standing ovation. It was a great success. Congratulations were all around and we heard constantly how "fantastic" it was.
This concert was attended by officials from the cultural department of the Embassy of China in Belgium.

This concert is also amazing because it was solely performed by Belgian musicians.

The Belgian musician Johan Famaey loves Chinese culture. Previously he worked in Beijing and Qingdao as organist and teacher. After he returned to Belgium, he started the creative process for Chinese Memories. This concert with Chinese poems is a first for Belgium.

In recent years, as China develops, more and more Belgians want to know Chinese history and culture. This spectacular concert is one vivid example.

 

SOURCE: Embassy of China in Belgium 

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